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stereo

[ster-ee-oh, steer-] /ˈstɛr iˌoʊ, ˈstɪər-/
noun, plural stereos.
1.
stereoscopic photography.
2.
a stereoscopic photograph.
3.
stereophonic sound reproduction.
4.
a system or the equipment for reproducing stereophonic sound.
5.
Printing. stereotype (defs 1, 2).
adjective
6.
pertaining to stereophonic sound, stereoscopic photography, etc.
verb (used with object)
7.
Printing. stereotype (def 5).
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for stereos

stereo

/ˈstɛrɪəʊ; ˈstɪər-/
adjective
1.
noun (pl) stereos
2.
stereophonic sound: to broadcast in stereo
3.
a stereophonic record player, tape recorder, etc
4.
(photog)
  1. stereoscopic photography
  2. a stereoscopic photograph
5.
(printing) short for stereotype
Word Origin
C20: shortened form
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Word Origin and History for stereos

stereo

1823 as a shortening of stereotype; 1876 as a shortening of stereoscope; 1954 (adj.) as a shortening of stereophonic; the noun meaning "stereophonic record or tape player" is recorded from 1964.

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Related Abbreviations for stereos

stereo

stereophonic
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Encyclopedia Article for stereos

stereo

equipment for sound recording and reproduction that utilizes two or more independent channels of information. Separate microphones are used in recording and separate speakers in reproduction; they are arranged to produce a sense of recording-hall acoustics and of the location of instruments within an orchestra. The effectiveness of stereophonic reproduction was demonstrated as early as 1933. Two-track stereophonic tape for the home became common in the 1950s and the stereophonic phonograph record, with two separate channels of information recorded in a single groove, in 1958. In the early 1970s, quadraphonic sound systems, employing four independent channels of information for even greater realism, became commercially available and later led to "surround-sound" systems

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